This Day in Black History: Dec. 15, 2004

Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s cause of death revealed.

Posted: 12/15/2011 07:00 AM EST
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Authorities in New York City announced that rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard had died from the result of intoxication by the combined effects of cocaine and the painkiller, Tramadol. ODB (born: Russell Jones) suffered a heart attack on Nov. 13, 2004, while working on his music in a New York City recording studio. The eccentric lyricist, who was best known for his work with the Wu-Tang Clan, had completed a two-year prison sentence for  drug possession and had been working towards his fourth solo album at the time of his death.


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